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Bird ringing in Slovenia in 2014 and results of the first telemetry study of an African migrant

Vrezec, Al, Fekonja, Dare, Denac, Katarina
Acrocephalus 2016 v.36 no.166-167 pp. 145-172
Ciconia nigra, Coracias garrulus, Cygnus olor, Emberiza, Hirundo rustica, Larus ridibundus, Parus major, Riparia riparia, Sylvia atricapilla, barns, breeding season, global positioning systems, nestlings, rare species, swans, telemetry, Adriatic Sea, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Israel, Nigeria, Sicily, Slovenia
In 2014, 162 bird species were recorded during the bird ringing activities in Slovenia. Of 155 species, 62,275 birds were ringed, and 107 recoveries of birds ringed in Slovenia and found abroad, 148 foreign recoveries in Slovenia and 1395 local recoveries were recorded. The most frequently ringed species were Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla and Great Tit Parus major. As far as ringed nestlings are concerned, Great Tits and Barn Swalllows Hirundo rustica predominated. Considering the recoveries ringed of found birds abroad, the commonest were Black-headed Gulls Chroicocephalus ridibundus and Mute Swans Cygnus olor. The farthest recovery was a Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica found in the Democratic Republic of Congo (5171 km away). Among the more interesting finds was also the so far southernmost recovery of a Sand Martin Riparia riparia found in Israel. Let us also mention the first recovery of a Corncrake Crex crex, which bred and was ringed in 2013 at Planinsko polje (central Slovenia) and was found in the 2014 breeding season in the Czech Republic. Among rare species, two Little Buntings Emberiza pusilla were caught and ringed. After nine years, the Roller Coracias garrulus bred again in Slovenia in 2014 and its nestlings were ringed. The paper also brings the description of the migration route of the first African migrant, the Black Stork Ciconia nigra, marked with a GPS/GSM telemetric device, which migrated across the Adriatic Sea, Sicily and Sahara to Nigeria.